If you have never scavenged for auto parts in a salvage yard, you are missing out on a great adventure. When folks need to sell an old car in Fort Myers, FL, they turn to the team at U Pull & Save for great prices and a fair deal. All those old cars are sitting in our lot are waiting for treasure hunters to come searching for the hidden pearls. Whether you’re on the hunt for a specific part for a car you’re rebuilding, or you’re simply looking for something remarkable and one-of-a-kind, an afternoon at the salvage yard is always time well spent.
But to make it truly worth your while, you’re going to need to come prepared. We provide the cars and the parts, but we don’t provide the tools. Finding the vintage steering wheel you need or the exact engine parts you want will only be frustrating if you have to leave them behind because you brought the wrong tools. You don’t want to drag your entire tool shop around the salvage yard, and you don’t want to make multiple trips back to your car, but you also don’t want to be missing the one tool you need for the job. What advice do veteran salvage yard crawlers have to offer?
Do Your Research
If you’re looking for something specific, do some research to find out ahead of time what tools you’ll need to salvage the part when you find it. While you might find other surprises while at the yard, you certainly want to make an effort to be prepared to remove what you’re actually looking for.
So many tools get lost at the salvage yard. It’s true. Don’t take your best stuff with you; it’s simply too easy to set tools down and leave them behind in the rough and tumble environment of a junkyard.
Plan for Transport
You need to carry your tools in and out plus any parts you find. Car parts and tools can be heavy, and Florida salvage yards are hot. Wheelbarrows, trolleys, and hand trucks are favorites among experienced hunters.
Bringing along a sharpie and a bunch of small plastic bags is a great tip. Once you remove the fasteners from a donor car part, you can drop them into a baggie and label them clearly, so they don’t get lost. Take photos of what the assembly looks like before you take it apart so you can reference them during reassembly. Masking tape is another handy tool to help you keep track of things as you go along. Never assume you’ll remember when you get home; you won’t.
Have the Basics
While many projects require specialized tools, the following list will get you started:
- Sockets (SAE and metric)
- Extensions to help you reach tricky spots
- Breaker bar
- Pry bar
- Electric impact gun
- Penetrating fluid. While it might take a while to loosen a joint, sometimes it’s the only way.
- Locking pliers
- Needle-Nose pliers
- Adjustable pliers
- Diagonal cutter or hacksaw. Sometimes it’s easiest to just cut something away.
- Gloves. Protect your hands.
- First aid. When you skip the gloves and don’t protect your hand, as we know you will, then you’ll need some first aid. Band-aids and antibiotic ointment should get you through till you get home.
- Safety glasses
- Penlight or headlamp
Give it a Try
Ready to give salvaging a try? Come try your hand at scavenging among all the cars scrapped for cash in Florida. Visit U Pull & Save today.